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Philadelphia Phillies MLB News - Phillies Baseball Blog » The Philadelphia Phillies place Ryan Madson on the D.L.

The Philadelphia Phillies place Ryan Madson on the D.L.

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Injuries by chinmusic on Friday 30 April 2010 at 8:53 pm

The Phillies have placed closer Ryan Madson on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right big toe. He injured himself after kicking a metal chair last Wednesday after blowing a save. That was very mature of him. Madson has pitched in 9 games (0 starts) in which he is 1-0 with 4 saves, a 7.00 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. The Phillies have activated Brad Lidge off the D.L. and they have also recalled 24-year old lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo. Lidge will likely take back over as the closer for the Phillies. He pitched in 8 games (3 starts) on his rehab assignment in A+AA+AAA-ball this year and he was 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. The Phillies hope that Lidge will be better this season than he was in 2009. In 2009, Lidge pitched in 67 games (0 starts) in which he was 0-8 with 31 saves, a 7.21 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. If he can’t handle the job while Madson is out of action the Phillies could be in big trouble with the bullpen. Antonio Bastardo has pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Phillies this season and he is 0-0 with a 1.69 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He never deserved to be sent to the minors in the first place so the Phillies think he will pitch well for them.

UPDATE: (5/5/2010) - Madson had surgery to repair his broken toe which will keep him out of action for at least the next 8 weeks. This is a huge blow to the Phillies as they must now trust Brad Lidge again as the closer with very few alternatives.

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